This August, he was traded to the Mets straight up for Jeff Francoeur (and cash). The Mets put him on waivers in November, and the Royals picked him up. But now he's been displaced as the Royals needed roster space for the prospects picked up in the Zack Greinke trade. He cleared waivers Sunday and was designated for assignment Monday, as noted by mlbtraderumors.com.
Arias, 26, is serviceable with the glove and can play in the infield or outfield, but he's never hit at the big-league level. His career .276 average doesn't look that bad, but his on-base percentage is a miserable .250 and he has yet to hit a major-league homer in 275 plate appearances.
-- David Andriesen